Ah, I love when total yahoos turn to art, as you can see from my past diaries, I even took it upon myself to find meaning in Former-President George Walker Bush's pieces. Today we will discuss The Zimmerman Piece, or the Banksy of the Right, if you will.
Banksy is probably the best post-meta derivative artist on the face of the planet right now, but the shocking new piece by Zimmerman attempts to trump that title by showing a total abandonment of copyright law by using registered commercial art in a "new" piece with just a Photoshop filter on top.
First, the piece in question.
George Zimmerman original painting
George Zimmerman, 2013
Ever since the Hope posters featuring then Senator Barack Obama, nothing more has been abused in Photoshop than the effects applied to this flag.
This flag is, of course, stock image, going with Zimmerman's quest to resolve take the helm in our artistically banal culture ever effected by the commercialization of images.
So very, very brave to use known commercial art, apply a filter, throw some text on there and call it a painting. Some are called to mind the Situationists in the 1960s, who would bind books in sandpaper to destroy other books in an affront to very media of literature.
This piece is such an affront to the media of paintings, even digital paintings.
If he does complete the transaction on this piece, he will become the greatest banal derivative American artist since Warhol.
If I was the buyer, I'd check the "paint" to see if it is fresh, because I do believe Zimmerman is being fresh with us all.
Ever the showman that guy.
Update per AnnetteK and Jen Hayden, this flag is the freaking flag on the Democratic Underground t-shirt!
For pure meta joy, please see:
I remembered this flag from publishing, it's a very well-used stock image. I can't wait to see who else has used this "original" piece.